Since founding in 2015, we've been able to further gender equality in global health leadership on many fronts.
We’ve been able to challenge the status quo of conference sessions,
hosting town hall style panels that link women’s political participation to public health, that highlight women’s leadership in building post conflict and in fragile states, and that feature women leaders and their career paths. We’ve given several workshops on applying gender transformative leadership and we’ve given space for discussion and collaboration at over 10 meet and greet gatherings at global conferences.
We’ve highlighted women leaders
through a Heroines of Health award ceremony that celebrated 13 women leaders in healthcare from around the world at the 70th World Health Assembly. We were the implementing partner for first ever Women Leaders in Global Health Conference featuring 400 leaders from 60 countries, through our newsletter interview series, and through providing event speaking spaces for over 200 women speakers and men who support women’s leadership from over 50 global health organizations.
We’ve catalyzed change by working with the most influential in global health at all levels.
We’ve engaged with the WHO Director General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom, launched a gender parity panel pledge to change the narrative for more gender equal panels and end the #AllMalePanels in global health, and launched a Call to Action on Gender Equality in Global Health at the WHO Executive Board meeting, endorsed by Member States- Sweden, United Kingdom and Colombia, as outcomes from the Women’s Leadership in Global Health round table series we co-chair with the Global Health Centre at the Graduate Institute in Geneva. We also chair the first working group on Increasing Women’s Leadership in Global Health through the Consortium of Universities for Global Health, and co-chair the newly launched Gender Equity and Health workforce hub with WHO in the Global Health Workforce Network.
We’ve collected data, analyzed and disseminated the latest information on gender equality in global health leadership,
allowing us to bring together evidence-guided frameworks to map out the gender biases and barriers men and women face in global health in order to create context-specific approaches to addressing them. We’ve published textbook chapters to educate the next generation of global health professionals on the importance of gender equality in healthcare leadership. We've published articles focusing on gender inequality in global health awards (only one in ten awards are given to women) with our partners Research in Gender and Ethics (RinGS), and the role of women's leadership and gender equity in leadership and health system strengthening.
We’ve held the global health community accountable
by tracking the representation of women as chief delegates at the annual World Health Assembly (since 2015) and bringing attention to the tough conversations surrounding women's leadership in global health, including highlighting when our leaders who make commitments to gender fail to deliver i.e. “A Generation Men in Global Health Moment” with Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank Group and WHO Director General Dr. Tedros.
We’ve created tools for gender transformative leadership
including a gender equality events checklist for event organizers to ensure they have thought about gender representation in their audience, speakers, moderators, planning committee, and roundtables.